* Posts by Rich 2

198 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

Rich 2

No flies on the EU there

"The fine comes as a result of that analysis. In 2014"

So it's taken them 3 years to analyse a privacy statement? Wow!!

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Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

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Bloody Virgin!

I wish they would scale back digging up our bloody village!!!

They are a pain in the bloody arse

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Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

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Bring it home

I'm no fan of Trump and I doubt he'll manage it but I see nothing wrong with bringing manufacturing back (his) home.

I find it astinishing that the US and the whole of Europe have spent the last 40 years POURING money into China. We don't even like them!! We don't trust them. Their govt is not very nice and they are using the money we gave them to screw us over and generally throw their weight around.

In the meantime we have created wastelands in our own countries with regard to employment and quality of life. Huge swaithes of the US and large parts of the UK.

And yes. Prices wil rise. But the benefits outweigh this enormously

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Rich 2

Bring it home

I'm no fan of Trump and I doubt he'll manage it but I see nothing wrong with bringing manufacturing back (his) home.

I find it astinishing that the US and the whole of Europe have spent the last 40 years POURING money into China. We don't even like them!! We don't trust them. Their govt is not very nice and they are using the money we gave them to screw us over and generally throw their weight around.

In the meantime we have created wastelands in our own countries with regard to employment and quality of life. Huge swaithes of the US and large parts of the UK.

And yes. Prices wil rise. But the benefits outweigh this enourmouy

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Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

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Re: Ridiculous

Unfortunately this is not the case. The banks love to advertise that Jo Public will not be held liable for most fraud. This is true. However, the banks usually try and pass the costs on to the retailer - something the banks don't advertise quite so loudly. From previous experience running a small online retail outfit, I can say that the banks don't care a hoot about fraud. Yes, that may have to pay for some of it but it's more than offset by making card use as easy as possible and therefore increase volume of use - the cost of fraud to them is peanuts in the greater scheme of things.

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Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

Rich 2

Pull the plug

Instead of spending all this money, why don't they just unplug critical stuff from the internet? That's solve 99% of the problem

Yea, it would be inconvenient but this stuff worked before the internet became the free-for-all sewer that it is, so it ought to ati (mostly) work now

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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Can they extend that....

....to everything else? I'm thinking "up to 90% off" and "up to 100% effective"

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

Rich 2

Pointless

Completely agree I can't see any advantage to me at all in having one of these except possibly a time-related pricing scheme. Butt such a scheme is never going to save much (because the leccy company wouldn't want that) and who wants to have their washing machine rattling away in the middle of the night anyway? (yea ok - some people do).

As for all the rubbish about doing away with estimated bills, you can send meter reading in on-line now anyway (as previously mentioned).

I seriously question who (if anyone, including the leccy companies) will benefit from this?

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Rich 2

Re: Why doesn't Win10 support multiple drives better

More to the point, why does Windows still use device node ids as directory paths? Having to specify a drive letter in a directory path belongs in the Stone Age.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Peru?

I always fail to understand why Americans file law suits in an American court against someone or something outside of America. What the hell do they expect the court to do about it????

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Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip

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Cool

"Equivalent to a black box"

That must be well up there as one of the vaguest specs EVER. Almost as vague as the totally useless MS "office" ISO spec.

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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Language????

Errrr C or C++ ?

Because neither of these are used at all in the real world are they?

And WTF are Swift, C'Dent and Node? Oh and you forgot Twat

Clearly a competition that only the cool kids (ie those that don't actually work on anything real or important) can enter

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Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

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Oh no

Oh great. MS fixing something that doesn't need fixing.

Personally I have never seen the point of adding buffer overrun errors into C. They cause nothing but grief. I stopped doing it 30 years ago.

The only excuse for it is incompetence. In which case, well, what do you expect?

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

Rich 2

Re: Old news

Ok. Granted.

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Rich 2

Old news

I remember watching a documentary some years ago about this. A CT scanner was bully specially to examine it. They said back then (must have been 5 or so years ago now - not sure) that it predicted eclipses etc and explained how it worked.

All good stuff but not new news

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Yuk

The stuff makes me feel sick - my wife used one of these gut a short time and I had to vacate the area when she did.

Better than fags but not exactly clean.

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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FAIL

Re: Short term problem

Actually, most tellys now include some streaming services but in - the obvious one being freeview catch-up. Hence the need for network connectivity.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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Aspartame

Maybe we should also be concerned about all the chemical shit like aspartame which seems to be pretty much anything that is 'sugar free' - I'll take the sugar version any day

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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Ads

The fundamental problem with adverts is that nobody actually wants them.

It's no different to ads on the telly. Yes they find the station etc etc but that doesn't change the facts - the business is trying to shove stuff out to an audience that is t interested.

It's quite depressing that 99% of websites have so little imagination that they can't think of other ways to fund their product. As a result the whole internet has become one huge advertising platform to the point where it is pretty much it's raision d'être

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Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

Rich 2

Re: Blame the banks

Sorry. That should've card. Nor Car's. Bloody phone!

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Rich 2

Blame the banks

The reason Car's fraud is so common is because for the most part it doesn't cost the banks anything. If it's not the innocent punter that foots the bill then it's the equally innocent retailer. The banks are happy to refuse to accept responsibility and u til they are forced to, it won't change

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

Rich 2

Not surprising

Not at all surprising when most web pages seem to drag in one or more mb of JavaScript libraries (and then use 5% of them) because their authors don't have the know-how or inclination to do something more intelligent.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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ZFS and GNU

What has any of this got to do twitch GNU AND that Stallman ...person?

Surely, if there is any legal issue at all it is up to the Linux people to make a noise (if they want to). Just because GNU provide the licence words, it doesn't give them the right to dictate to the Linux people how it should be used

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Adobe issues patch to nix its Mac-killing Creative Cloud update

Rich 2

What????

Even for Adobe, that's quite crap!

Please stop releasing software Adoobe. ANY software. You're not very good at it.

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Untamed pledge() aims to improve OpenBSD security

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Re: Stupid idea

If you get the pledge right then the only way the program can break its own rules is if it's corrupted in some way. Why would you want such a program to carry on running?

If you get the pledge wrong then you don't understand what your program is doing. In which case, you definitely don't want it to run!

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

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Stuff

i call this one the "Pepsi Challenge". All you have to do is correctly guess which sugar-laden drink will rot your teeth, make you fat, and promote diabetes and osteoporosis the fastest.

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Standards body wants standards for IoT. Vendors don't care

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Re: Fridge on the Net

I really don't see the point of the IoT thingie. A fridge that can tell you when it goes wrong? That would be an idea except how often does your fridge go wrong? Every 15 years. 10 if it's a really crappy one? It's just not worth it.

As for re-ordering some milk when you run out - well if you're too bloody lazy to make a shopping list then there's no hope.

Maybe a toaster that emails you when it pops up? Or a washing machine that ....errrr randomly emails you to tell you to do some washing? Goodness knows.

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We made a new Do Not Track thing – not like you'll use it or anything, huffs emo teen EFF

Rich 2

.....or

just install ghostery

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Sue us for Safari ad tracking? You'll be lucky, peons, cackles Google

Rich 2

Money

why does there have to be a "financial loss" for the case to be considered?

Not everything is about money

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

Rich 2

*nix

i really hate that "*nix" nonsense. If you mean Unix then say Unix. If you don't then say what you really mean.

Right. I'm off to make some *ea. or do I mean *offee?

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An EPIC picture of Earth, sunny side up, from one million miles out

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Let's hope...

....we don't do anything silly like poison the seas and the air we breath. Or go out of our way to wipe-out half the species that live there. Or chop down all those lovely green forests and jungles

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

Rich 2

UI

Not defending Apple or anything like that but why have a go at the UI?

It works. Why change it juat for change' sake? Or do you think they ought to follow the desktop PC market and change it so that it pisses off existing users with no tangible benefits?

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

Rich 2

Obsolete within 10 years?

That sounds very generous. I would think 2 or 3 years is more like it

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Google drives a tenth of news traffic? That's bull-doodie, to use the technical term

Rich 2

Re: How many of these are using Google as their address bar?

I second this. Even tech savvy people use Google as an address bar. I know my wife uses it exclusively like this - she never taps in a url directly - and she's reasonably techie.

Google has very successfully managed to engrain itself into normal web use. They are now doing exactly the same thing with media - Google TV, YouTube of course, etc. It is very much getting to the point where there is no choice but to use Google

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SMACK! EU set to hit Google with 'abuse of dominance' rap

Rich 2

Not the problem

I've never had a problem with a company pushing is own products - that's what they're in business for. MS got accused of doing it and most of the major net companies do the same. And why not?

I think a much more important issue is goggle's cavalier attitude to privacy, ownership of content and general we-are-above-the-law attitude.

And along with Fartbook and Twaddle, the way it is (has) become completely engrained in daily life whether you want it or not.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

Rich 2

Err duh!!!!

Just put your forward Shields up.

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Boffins bothered by EU prez's proposed science funding cut

Rich 2

Ahhh

"...in order to boost the european fund for strategic investment"

So they want to get rid of a bunch of science to make way for some flatulant business analysts?

Yea, that sounds like a great idea!!!

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The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

Rich 2

Spinning rust usage is up

Until flash storage reaches sensible pricing, what alternative would you suggest?

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

Rich 2

Friendlier than C

odd that you say the mips board supports C and that you think that I isn't friendly. The thing that put me off a Pi was that it was Python based and not C. C is far better for twiddling about with something like this

It seems today's kids think Java is "low level"!

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

Rich 2

Re: Content and Style

Even if you are responsible for the presentation, Word is not the right tool. Its formatting is basic at beat; cmpare it with the output you get from TeX to see what I mean. It's a shame TeX isn't easier to use because it generates lovely text formatting

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Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon vows to kill off hated zombie stalkers

Rich 2

Does nobody have any imagination?

God It annoys me that 'internet' seems to be a synonym for 'advertising opportunity'

It's all any web business does. It's just one huge network for grabbing much info as possible from everyone and shoving adverts at them!!

Is this the ONLY business that anyone has managed to come up with? Selling ads? Nothing else?

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Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

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A small flaw in an otherwise fine plan?

If (say) Google weren't teacking you and generally invading your privacy in the first place then there's no problem with the exiting mechanisms. If they ARE though, (and assuming this idea needs server support) why would they want to implement a mechanism that stops it?

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Facebook privacy policy change leaves Dutch stomping feet

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Groan...

oh for the halcuon days when the prime focus of the web was NOT to pry into everyone's private lives and to not push advertising at the general public at all costs.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

Rich 2

Time

Why does physics view time as going "forward" anyway?

From a day-to-day perspective then fine - it's convenient to view it as such.

But from a physics perspective, why isn't it viewed as ...I dunno ...going "sideways" or even not actually "going" anywhere; just changing?

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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Not difficult

considering how stupid some individuals are and how the human race as a collective is even more stupid (we seem bloody determined to destroy ourselves one way or another) it's not difficult to think we can be easily surpassed by AI.

We're probably already interlectually surpassed by the average Cornish pasy!

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

Rich 2

24 fps

In this age of digital cinema, why is 24fps still used? If cinemas moved to 25 fps then the problem wouldgo away. Granted, it won't solve the 50/60 Hz issue

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

Rich 2

Why!

Rather than giving google even more money, why don't the sites just run their pwn subscription service?

Do we need google for everything????

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Simon's says quantum computing will work

Rich 2

Question

Can snyone out there explain how a quanrun computer works? Ie- how do you tell it what to do. How do you get data into it (and what does it look like)? What does a 'program' look like? That sort of thing

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

Rich 2

Lovely hardware

....shame it's MS.

Yea, it's a tired old comment but face it, that's the reality. If they put Android on it it would probably sell a bundle. As it is, errr.... It won't

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